I am currently going through the process here in the US to ship gliders to Canada. It has been a long some what frustrating process for me (the breeder
) but now that I am on the right track I will be set to ship gliders out of the US from here going forward. Pretty soon my sweet girls will be on their way to thier new mommy who has been very understanding through this whole ordeal.
As a breeder
I have to have a licenses with the US Fish & Wildlife which is $100 in order to ship/fly them into Canada. There is also a seperate expensive inspection that is required by a Fish & Wildlife agent before the glider can leave the country which is $165. They will help me fill out a declaration and off the gliders go to Canada. This is in addition to the health certificate required by the vet
We looked at meeting at the border too at one of the port crossing as an option. If I (the breeder
) took the animal into Canada I would still have to have the license and pay for the inspection fee but if the adopting family crossed the border and declared the animal as a pet and took them back north across the border all they would do is fill out a declaration on the US side, no fees. Fish and Wildlife on the US side would not require a health certificate before the animal could cross the border but they would want to come a see the glider before it crossed the border.
I do not recall Canada even requiring a Health Certificate from my conversation with them but rather a letter from the breeder
on their letterhead stating that the animal was born in the US and had resided in the US for 60 days. You are right once you cross back into Canada a vet
at the border may choose to do an examination on that animal and charge you. This is the same once the animal gets off a plane.
I another thing to consider or one of the most important things is that you can not cross the border without a passport. Of course I am sure you already knew this but without it crossing is not a possibility.
I hope this was helpful.